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October 19, 2009

National Rifle Association donates funding to DNR for shooting ranges

The National Rifle Association recently presented a $75,000 check to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for the construction of three shooting ranges in the state.

Herb Lanford, National Rifle Association board member, presented the $75,000 check to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at the Sept. 24 meeting of the S.C. Natural Resources Board in Columbia.

"The NRA and its many tens of thousands of members across South Carolina are proud to make this contribution to assist the South Carolina DNR's program to develop public range facilities," Lanford said. "This effort exemplifies the Department's distinguished record of service to our state and its citizens. It is a pleasure to partner with South Carolina DNR and participate in this program, which will benefit present and future generations. The Department's commitment to providing safe places to shoot, like its many other remarkable achievements, sets an example of leadership and service for agencies across the nation."

A 50-yard pistol range and a 100-yard rifle range will be constructed at both Belfast Wildlife Management Area in Laurens and Newberry counties and Woodbury Wildlife Management Area in Marion County. These ranges will be open for public use. A combination skeet and trap range will be built at Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Marion County and will primarily be used for promoting hunting and shooting sports. The ranges are in the early stages of planning.
           
"We believe providing public shooting ranges is instrumental in recruiting and retaining hunters and recreational shooters in South Carolina," said John Frampton, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director. "NRA and South Carolina DNR are at the forefront of these efforts."
           
The $75,000 donated by the National Rifle Association will be matched by Pittman-Robertson funding that DNR’s Hunter Education Section receives through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pittman-Robertson funding comes from a federal excise tax on sporting firearms and ammunition, archery equipment and handguns. This funding pays for almost all wildlife conservation efforts and hunter safety education in South Carolina.
           
The National Rifle Association is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights and firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearms safety and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States. Established in 1871, the NRA currently has more than four million members.

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